IU researchers received $2.1 million to streamline computational research environments

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University will help study how advanced proteins work in viruses, how the brain works during sleep, how artificial intelligence techniques can be applied to modeling materials in engineering, and more thanks to a new award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

NSF’s five-year, $5 million grant to the Pervasive Technology Institute will provide $2.1 million to IU, as well as fellowships at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California in San Diego, at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Allen Institute, to assist in the ongoing development and research of the Cybershuttle Project.

Cybershuttle is an innovative take on the popular notion of science gateways.

Beth Plale

Composed of biophysicists, neuroscientists, engineers and computer scientists, the open source project aims to create a secure and highly usable scientific research environment that integrates a scientist’s research tools and data while enabling the use transparency of various IT cyberinfrastructure resources between contributors and devices. .

“Science is an ever-changing landscape,” said Suresh Marru, deputy director of IU’s Cyberinfrastructure Integration Research Center (CIRC) and principal investigator. “It depends on access to scientific and engineering software, data repositories, storage resources and more, all of which must be integrated into a cohesive scientific research environment. And that’s exactly what the Cybershuttle does.

Additionally, the system can be used as a training ground to educate students in the concepts of open source software development and applied distributed systems and will foster a globally competitive workforce that can easily transition from a academic career to a non-academic career.

“Cybershuttle is an innovative take on the popular notion of science gateways,” said Beth Plale, executive director of the Pervasive Technology Institute at IU and the award’s co-principal investigator. “It extends the gateway with new tools that allow the researcher and teacher to move seamlessly from the desktop to the cloud and the HPC center.”

IARC also recently received nearly $1 million from three subgrants of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation program. These awards will support the advancement of scientific research and collaboration.

About Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute

The Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) is both a driver and a hub for basic research and use-inspired education in computationally and data-driven challenge areas. Bringing together teams of academic researchers, educators, and technical professionals, the projects shaped within its centers and laboratories continue to find immediate utility in science and engineering research and education across the state of Indiana and around the country. PTI was established in 1999 with a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment. PTI is part of the Office of the Vice President for Computer Science and Chief Information Officer of Indiana University.

About the Cyberinfrastructure Integration Research Center

The core mission of the Cyberinfrastructure Integration Research Center (CIRC) is to accelerate research, discovery, and collaboration through the creation, integration, and operation of user-centric cyberinfrastructure that benefits scientific communities. This includes Science Gateways, designed to help entire communities of researchers use high-performance computing resources and advanced cyberinfrastructure to pursue common scientific goals. IARC is part of Indiana University’s Pervasive Technology Institute.

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